Leo Schmidthals, born in 1969 in Kassel, studied electric bass at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) in Hamburg where he also completed studies in composition. In 2007, he was awarded the Sinfonietta92 Composition Prize for his piece 7 Szenen für Orchester (7 Scenes for Orchestra). Schmidthals works as a freelance musician in Hamburg and is involved in many different musical genres ranging from contemporary composition, theatre music, to film music and pop. As a bassist and composer for the band Selig, he has produced two albums that reached the top ten of the German music charts. He has also collaborated as an instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer for Udo Lindenberg, Ulrich Tukur, Nena, Otto Waalkes, Die Fantastischen Vier and Herbert Grönemeyer, among others. He has written scores for TV and cinema (including Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Der Pirat) and for the Theater Schauspiel Köln, Münchener Kammerspiele and Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Job is his second collaboration with Anne Lenk.